We are calling on the government to support families who are struggling with stagnating income and rising prices.
Ending the freeze on children’s benefits is a crucial first step.” For example, in April 2010, benefit income for an out of work single parent with 2 children (excluding housing costs) was around £198 per week.
The latest report in our annual Cost of a Child series finds that the overall cost of a child up to age 18 (including rent and childcare) is £185,000 for lone parents (up 19% since 2012) and £151,000 for couples (up 5.5% since 2012).
The gap between lone parents’ actual income and what they need to meet family needs has grown sharply.
In order to keep up with rises in costs of living by 2020, this would need to rise to around £267 per week.
Their actual 2020 income would be expected to be around £214 per week. (2007), "Child poverty and child well‐being in Europe", Journal of Children's Services, Vol. https://doi.org/10.1108/17466660200700003 Download as . This trend of rising child poverty is of serious concern, especially in the context of rising inflation – with costs of living now expected to rise by around 4% in the coming year.End Child Poverty’s ‘Feeling the pinch’ report found that overall prices are expected to rise by around 35% between 20, whereas Child Benefit, a key form of support for families with children, is expected to rise by just 2% over the same period.An out-of-work single parent family will be £2800 a year worse off by 2020.Sam Royston, Chair of the End Child Poverty Coalition, said “Rising child poverty is a blight on our country, and is projected to rise further in the next few years.Every year for the past eight years, we have published research on what it costs to raise children from birth to age 18.This year the research coincides with the Spending Review, and puts a spotlight on how the government does support, and how it should support, families with the extra costs of children.Breadline Britain: 1983 to 2013 presents six short videos on how poverty has changed - or not - over the last thirty years.Drawing on the 19 ITV Breadline Britain episode, these videos provide a unique insight into the changes and continuities of those in poverty over this period.